Thai beaches on alert for runaway croc

The head of the Phuket Office of Fisheries said that the crocodile had been spotted floating about 300 metres off the Bang Tao beach.

Beaches in the popular Thai city of Phuket have been warned to be on the alert for a three-metre long crocodile, authorities have said.

On Tuesday, local media Phuket Gazette and Phuket News published photographs and a video of a massive crocodile reportedly taken by a drone belonging to a Phuket resident over the weekend.

“A lot of locals reported the sighting but we haven’t found it yet,” head of the Phuket Office of Fisheries, Paiboon Bunlipatanon said.

“We have warned local businesses to be careful and we will keep looking,” he confirmed.

He also said that the crocodile had been spotted floating about 300 metres off the Bang Tao beach.

This did not deter tourists from visiting the beach on Wednesday, as around 50 to 60 showed up despite the warning.

Paiboon said that authorities do not know where the crocodile had come from but believe it to be a freshwater species rather than saltwater, which is rare to the area, he said.

 

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